Before Real Madrid‘s 1-0 win over Real Betis on Saturday night, they agreed to loan right back Alvaro Odriozola to Serie A side Fiorentina. The loan move had been rumored for a few days, with Carlo Ancelotti working to convince Odri that a transfer would be in the defender’s best interest. It could even lead to Odriozola working his way back into the squad picture in the future if he impresses in Italy.
Unlike a certain other transfer situation, there is no long-running saga here. Real Madrid officially announced Alvaro Odriozola will head over to Fiorentina on a one-year loan for the 2021-2022 season. There is no option to buy, so he would head back to Real in the summer.
Let’s take a look at three reasons why everyone – Odriozola, Real Madrid, and Fiorentina – benefit from this simple loan.
Real Madrid needed to free up the space
Real Madrid are awaiting the signing of Kylian Mbappe. I don’t even want to address this topic at this point, because I am sure you are all just as sick of the non-updates and speculation as I am. But basically, Real are running up against the squad limit, so it was essential for them to get a spot settled for Mbappe (or someone else, if it comes to that).
Odriozola showed that he can be a decent player for Real when he stepped up his performances at the end of the 2020-2021 season, but he has always been atop the list of rumored departures from Los Merengues. And Real already have options at right back in Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez. Odriozola was expendable and actually wanted by another club. So he had to go. It’s rudimentary arithmetic.